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Voters, Voters and More Voters; Records being Smashed

Through the sixth day of early voting, more than 1 million Tennessee voters have cast their ballot for the Nov. 3 presidential election. Through Tuesday, 929,744 voters had cast their ballot at early voting locations and 155,640 absentee ballots had been returned to local election commission offices for a total of 1,085,384 votes cast. Area …

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Howard is New Manchester Mayor

After the unfortunate death of Mayor Lonnie Norman from COVID-19, the City of Manchester aldermen called a special meeting on Monday night to select a new mayor. Alderman Ryan French made motion at the beginning of the meeting to make Vice-Mayor Marilyn Howard the new mayor of Manchester. The board chose Howard in 5-0 vote. …

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Judge Rules in Coffee County Schools Mask Mandate Case

Coffee County Central High School student Nico Sanfilippo and his mother Heather Murchison went to court on September 8. They filed for a preliminary injunction against the Director of Coffee County Schools Dr. Charles Lawson and the Coffee County Board of Education over the mask mandate at schools. In part, Judge Vanessa Jackson’s recently ruled  …

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Voter Registration for the November 3 Election is October 5

Voter registration deadline for the November 3rd election is October 5th. Any new registrations must be in the election commission office or postmarked by that date. Address and name changes can still be done after that date if you are already registered. Requests for Absentee ballots must be received in time for the ballot to …

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Absentee Voters By-Mail can Track Their Ballots

Tennessee voters who request an absentee by-mail ballot for the Nov. 3 election can track the status of their ballot on the Secretary of State’s website using the Absentee By-Mail Ballot Status Tracker tool.Through this tool, Tennessee voters can easily and securely track their absentee by-mail ballot’s status starting when the county election commission mails …

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In the First Step Rezoning Proposal (Rock Quarry) Voted Down by Planning Commission

Hawkins Asphalt based in Bedford County made a proposal to the Coffee County planning commission on Tuesday for a zoning change. The proposal is to change the zoning on a portion of the 1,000 acre Waterson Farm in Beechgrove. The rezoning would allow a rock quarry to be built on about 1/3 of the land. …

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Construction begins on New Loves Travel Stop in Coffee County

After a long process construction has begun on the new Loves Travel Stop in Coffee County at Exit 117 near AEDC. The business will bring in over 40 jobs. There will be a store and restaurant at the location. When talks first began in 2017 it was stated that construction would start in the spring …

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Coffee County Schools Director clarifies Political Advertising Policy

Dr Charles Lawson, director of Coffee County Schools said, “There seems to be a significant amount of misinformation about the display of items of campaign or political advertising on school property.” Board policy 1.806 states, “Political signs for people who are running for public office shall not be allowed on school property except those being held …

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